Proponent: RES Australia Pty Ltd

RES Australia Pty Ltd is proposing to construct and operate the Penshurst Wind Farm, which will consist of 223 wind turbines with a capacity of 758.2MW, an electricity transmission line, a connection into the electricity grid and associated infrastructure on land located south of the township of Penshurst in south west Victoria.

Scoping requirements

Draft Scoping Requirements for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) were on public exhibition between 1 and 21 December 2011. After considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements for the EES on 11 April 2012. 

On 13 August 2013, RES Australia informed the Department of a project variation, which involves establishing a quarry on the wind farm site to provide road base material for on-site tracks.  The Minister for Planning issued revised Scoping Requirements for the EES on 16 September 2013.

Revised Scoping Requirements (DOC, 1.7 MB)

Revised Figure 1 (PDF, 1.6 MB) - replaces the map on page 6 of the Revised Scoping Requirements.

Consultation Plan

RES Australia has prepared a Stakeholder and Community Consultation Plan that outlines the opportunities for community engagement during the preparation of the EES.

Community Consultation Plan (PDF, 250.1 KB)

Community Consultation Plan Appendix 1 - Site Location (PDF, 952.6 KB)

Community Consultation Plan Appendix 2 - Preliminary Wind Farm Layout (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Project history

On 8 March 2011, the Minister for Planning decided that an EES under the Environment Effects Act 1978 was required for the proposed Penshurst Wind Farm.

Read the Reasons for decision (PDF, 12.2 KB)

On 13 July 2011, the delegate of the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities also determined that the project was a controlled action and requires assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 because of potential impacts on listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A).

In order to avoid duplication of assessment processes, the project will be assessed by the Victorian EES process in accordance with the bilateral agreement relating to environmental impact assessment between the Commonwealth and the State of Victoria. 

More information

For further details on the Penshurst Wind Farm project, please contact Simon Kerrison from RES Australia Pty Ltd:

Telephone: (02) 9431 7607 or email: simon.kerrison@res-ltd.com

For further information on the EES process for this project, please contact the Department's Environment Assessment Unit on (03) 8392 5470.